On the performance of high-rate TPC/SPC codes and LDPC codes over partial response channels Academic Article uri icon


  • This paper evaluates two-dimensional turbo product codes based on single-parity check codes (TPC/SPC) and low-density parity check (LDPC) codes for use in digital magnetic recording systems. It is first shown that the combination of a TPC/SPC code and a precoded partial response (PR) channel results in a good distance spectrum due to the interleaving gain. Then, density evolution is used to compute the thresholds for TPC/SPC codes and LDPC codes over PR channels. Analysis shows that TPC/SPC codes have a performance close to that of LDPC codes for large codeword lengths. Simulation results for practical block lengths show that TPC/SPC codes perform as well as LDPC codes in terms of bit error rate, but possess better burst error statistics which is important in the presence of an outer Reed-Solomon code. Further, the encoding complexity of TPC/SPC codes is only linear in the codeword length and the generator matrix does not have to be stored explicitly. Based on the results in the paper and these advantages, TPC/SPC codes seem like a viable alternative to LDPC codes.

published proceedings


altmetric score

  • 3

author list (cited authors)

  • Li, J., Narayanan, K. R., Kurtas, E., & Georghiades, C. N.

citation count

  • 57

complete list of authors

  • Li, J||Narayanan, KR||Kurtas, E||Georghiades, CN

publication date

  • May 2002